Advice and Guidance

Running a local DF group - Manchester DFs

Overview of the group - how many people come along regularly? How often do you meet, and what sort of venue?
We meet fortnightly above a co-op in manchester. We are particularly lucky in that there is a co-op hall near us which we're allowed to use for free. We're a broad group of around 40, but an average meeting will be between 10 and 15.

Evaluation tools

It's really  useul to reflect on how an activity went, what impact it had on the participants and how it could be even better next time. In the download below are lots of different activities you can use to evaluate a session or an event. They're all fun, participatory and can be mixed and matched to draw out the sorts of reflections you want.

"The definitive guide to youth led discussion"

The A to Z of Good Discussion

This beautifully illustrated resource that brings together over 26 great tips for fun, effective and inclusive discussions has been embraced as much by other youth organisations as Woodcraft Folk. It was created collaboratively by 16 - 20 year old members of Woodcraft Folk who say it gives them ‘more confidence to take more of an active role in discussion (especially on new levels)’.

Download your own copy of ‘The A to Z of good discussion’ today.

Including deaf children & young people

This advice is a compilation of ideas from Woodcraft Folk volunteers at Venturer Camp 2013, supported by a trainer from the National Deaf Children’s Society. The tips are based on real experiences of supporting young people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

Tips when recruiting volunteers

What do you need to remember in order to successfully recruit volunteers?

  • Define your roles and know the gaps
  • Use positive messages
  • Clarify the process
  • Provide information in a variety of formats

These are just a sample of the advice given in the two resources below. They're part of the Volunteer Toolkit produced by Woodcraft Folk Scotland to help Districts recruit, induct and support more volunteers. Download the full Toolkit here

Inclusive recruitment strategies - Volunteer Surveys

The surveys below have been designed to help you understand more about your potential and new volunteers – from what has motivated them to begin the process of volunteering with the Woodcraft Folk to what skills and experience they can offer you.

Case study: Being a Young Trainer and running Leading for the Future activities

Alice’s journey through Woodcraft Folk and into youth work is a brilliant example of youth leadership and the opportunities Woodcraft Folk gives: having grown up in the Folk, Alice came back as an Elfin and Pioneer leader, then trained as a Young Trainer to use her facilitation skills more widely around Woodcraft. Now she’s doing a youth work MA and running Woodcraft’s Leading for the Future programme with a group of young carers.

Case study: Pioneer-led tentipi camping

The Outback Pioneers from Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk spent a wintry weekend camping at Cudham in their new tentipis (a cross between a small tipi and a large tent). They organised the trip themselves, and hoped that the combination of advanced tents with heating equipment and lots of people in each tent would provide plenty of warmth. 

Below is their report, in which you'll see that it's essential to check what language your heater's instructions are in if you want to be able to warm your tent with it...

Web tutorials: how to publish content

If you'd like to edit your Woodcraft Folk group's page on this website (see Glasgow Southside Elfins for a lovely example) or you have photos or news you'd like to publish to the main gallery or news listing of the site, watch these videos for a step-by-step guide.

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